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The Collected Poems of Robert Lowell Frank Bidart And David Gewanter Have Compiled The Definitive Edition Of Robert Lowell S Work, From His First, Impossible To Find Collection, Land Of Unlikeness To The Early Triumph Of Lord Weary S Castle, Winner Of The Pulitzer Prize To The Brilliant Willfulness Of His Versions Of Poems By Sappho, Baudelaire, Rilke, Montale, And Other Masters In Imitations To The Late Spontaneity Of The Dolphin, Winner Of Another Pulitzer Prize To His Last, Most Searching Book, Day By Day This Volume Also Includes Poems And Translations Never Previously Collected, And A Selection Of Drafts That Demonstrate The Poet S Constant Drive To Reimagine His Work Collected Poems At Last Offers Readers The Opportunity To Take In, In Its Entirety, One Of The Great Careers In Twentieth Century Poetry

  • Hardcover
  • 1220 pages
  • The Collected Poems of Robert Lowell
  • Robert Lowell
  • 23 February 2017
  • 0571163408

About the Author: Robert Lowell

Robert Lowell, born Robert Traill Spence Lowell, IV, was an American poet whose works, confessional in nature, engaged with the questions of history and probed the dark recesses of the self He is generally considered to be among the greatest American poets of the twentieth century.His first and second books, Land of Unlikeness 1944 and Lord Weary s Castle for which he received a Pulitzer Prize in 1947, at the age of thirty , were influenced by his conversion from Episcopalianism to Catholicism and explored the dark side of America s Puritan legacy Under the influence of Allen Tate and the New Critics, he wrote rigorously formal poetry that drew praise for its exceptionally powerful handling of meter and rhyme Lowell was politically involved he became a conscientious objector during the Second World War and was imprisoned as a result, and actively protested against the war in Vietnam and his personal life was full of marital and psychological turmoil He suffered from severe episodes of manic depression, for which he was repeatedly hospitalized.Partly in response to his frequent breakdowns, and partly due to the influence of such younger poets as W D Snodgrass and Allen Ginsberg, Lowell in the mid fifties began to writedirectly from personal experience, and loosened his adherence to traditional meter and form The result was a watershed collection, Life Studies 1959 , which forever changed the landscape of modern poetry, much as Eliot s The Waste Land had three decades before Considered by many to be the most important poet in English of the second half of the twentieth century, Lowell continued to develop his work with sometimes uneven results, all along defining the restless center of American poetry, until his sudden death from a heart attack at age 60 Robert Lowell served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1962 until his death in 1977.



10 thoughts on “The Collected Poems of Robert Lowell

  1. says:

    Lowell has long been one of my favorite 20th century American poets I especially like his early work there s something about the stern, stentorian rhythm of the verse, combined with a hardscrabble New England outlook on life, that never fails to thrill He s a formal master, alive to his influences, who also has a keen eye for the arresting detail and a penetrating honesty Some of his poems, like The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket, have haunted me for years.

  2. says:

    9.0 10I have run the emotions of life through Robert Lowell not a mean feat, in a few weeks No wonder I m exhausted And elevated Depressed And inspired Who is Robert Lowell And how much time do you have Thoughts that occurred to me, in reading this collection Prophetic Pessimistic Awe Inspiring Eccentric Fun And funny Affectionate Intimate Gossipy Private Confessional Self centered Self effacing Devoted Formidable And, if read all in one go, much as I have done, overwhel 9.0 10I have run the emotions of life through Robert Lowell not a mean feat, in a few weeks No wonder I m exhausted And elevated Depressed And inspired Who is Robert Lowell And how much time do you have Thoughts that occurred to me, in reading this collection Prophetic Pessimistic Awe Inspiring Eccentric Fun And funny Affectionate Intimate Gossipy Private Confessional Self centered Self effacing Devoted Formidable And, if read all in one go, much as I have done, overwhelming Overwhelming in his scope, capacity, and understanding I did not know, until after reading this collection, that Robert Lowell suffered from bipolar disorder, which suddenly made clear all the emotions I had been experiencing To be in such a mind for a day, for a week, was an electrifying and emotional privilege to have to live in it, for the better part of his life would have been exhausting depleting.This is poetry in which my mind finds a home READING MYSELFLike thousands, I took pride andthan just,struck matches that brought my blood to a boil I memorized the tricks to set the river on fire Somehow never wrote something to go back to.Can I suppose I am finished with wax flowersAnd have earned my grass on the minor slopes of Parnassus No honeycomb is built without a beeadding circle to circle, cell to cell,the wax and honey of a mausoleum this round dome proves its maker is alive the corpse of the insect lives embalmed in honey,prays that its perishable work lives longenough for the sweet tooth bear to desecrate this open book my coffin

  3. says:

    From the fall of Rome to that of the World Trade Center, a cloying, mindless and absurdist sincerity characterizes most political poetry, which often reads like paid for newspaper memorials to lost loved ones No one would have known better than Robert Lowell, whose long awaited, monumental volume of collected verse appeared in June of this year, that politics suffers from the dangerous and inevitable curse of abstraction simplistic us vs them theories are perennial favorites unless its pract From the fall of Rome to that of the World Trade Center, a cloying, mindless and absurdist sincerity characterizes most political poetry, which often reads like paid for newspaper memorials to lost loved ones No one would have known better than Robert Lowell, whose long awaited, monumental volume of collected verse appeared in June of this year, that politics suffers from the dangerous and inevitable curse of abstraction simplistic us vs them theories are perennial favorites unless its practitioners leave behind the pleasures of bombast and partisan rivalries for the exponentiallydifficult knowledge of history s unending bloodshed.This knowledge was both Lowell s birthright, as a member of a Boston Brahmin family though from the less distinguished branch, as he delighted in pointing out , and something he learned from his chief mentors, the Fugitive Agrarian writers John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate and Robert Penn Warren, whose commitment to traditional aesthetics eventually morphed into a controversial economic and political movement Lowell dropped out of Harvard and planned to attend Vanderbilt, which pleased none of the Lowells of any branch instead he landed at Kenyon College when Ransom left Vanderbilt At Kenyon, where Lowell followed Ransom s advice to major in classics, he roomed with Randall Jarrell, another Nashvillian, and Peter Taylor, with whom he remained lifelong friends Lowell addressed several poems to Jarrell and Taylor, as well as to Ransom, Tate and Warren His years with these men, as well as his marriage to Kentuckian Elizabeth Hardwick, account for his odd Southern drawl, if not entirely for his deadly accurate understanding of questions of historical, literal and emotional hierarchies, which for Lowell were all encompassed and superseded by poetry itself.Lowell s most enduring subject might well be termed power how it passes from one generation to the next how it operates in both the public and private spheres, which collideoften than we tend to notice how it waxes and wanes and even terrifyingly disappears at times and how we use it to hurt and humiliate Part of Lowell s genius is to recognize himself in both the scepter wielding emperor and his cowering, often doomed subject For example, writing of Florence, the city which he called patroness of the lovely tyrannicides, the poet s gaze traverses the Piazza della Signoria and its statues of Perseus, David and Judith Pity the monsters Pity the monsters he proclaims Why I have seen the Gorgon, he continues The erotic terror of her helpless, big bosomed body lay like slop Wall eyed, staring the despot to stone, her severed head swung like a lantern in the victor s hand The timeliness of poems like Florence, The Exile s Return, The Quaker Graveyard at Nantucket, For the Union Dead a reply to Tate s famous Ode to the Confederate Dead , Waking Early Sunday Morning, and entire books, like HISTORY, scarcely needs pointing out in this age of paranoiac patriotism.For the lover of Lowell, the COLLECTED POEMS is cause for celebration and grumbling Some of Lowell s volumes have become difficult to find even through online bookstores specializing in out of print material, a problem that the appearance of COLLECTED POEMS largely erases But editors Frank Bidart and David Gewanter s decision to delete Notebook has its detractors This collection, which Lowell continuously revised and expanded, became so thick with 14 line, unrhymed sonnets that he eventually divided the single volume into three HISTORY, which contains the least personal poems FOR LIZZIE AND HARRIET, which centers on his relationship with Hardwick and their child and THE DOLPHIN, which focuses on Lowell s decision to leave his family for the Anglo Irish beauty Caroline Blackwood While the poet didn t think of NOTEBOOK as being replaced by HISTORY orits two corollary volumes, when he assembled his SELECTED POEMS the year before his death, he chose to include HISTORY, not a mixture of its predecessors If a similar choice had to be made for a one volume collection, as Bidart and Gewanter assert, this one seems logical, If regrettable in other ways Lowell s great theme was power, whether domestic or played out through centuries, and the counterpointing in NOTEBOOK the second edition argues for its emaining in print.Longtime Lowell readers will support or argue with the editors decisions according to their own convictions For those to whom Lowell remains a stranger, one hopes the release of COLLECTED POEMS attracts scores of new readers The editorial notes help flesh out obscure places, names and allusions they also give us biographical materials necessary to reading Lowell s work in the often highly personal context it demands Bidart and Gewanter pay just homage to Ian Hamilton s and Paul Mariani s biographies, which deepen that context and also chronicle the poet s lifelong struggle with manic depression, though the latter derives so much from Hamilton that questions of plagiarism arise.Now, during our country s latest resurgence of bloody, self righteous imperialism, the COLLECTED POEMS not only represents the much larger chronicle of Lowell s singular, genius haunted life and work but also offers an indispensable perspective on the story of America since the 1940s To protest the massive civilian bombing of cities like Dresden at the end of World War I, Lowell refused to serve and was sentenced to a year and a day in a New England state prison What he called the tranquilized Fifties was a time creepily like our own when giant finned cars nose d forward like predatory fish, and a savage servility slid by on grease In the 60s, Lowell participated in the march on the Pentagon to protest the Vietnam War, served as advisor, to Bobby Kennedy, and, after Kennedy s assassination, campaigned across the country for Eugene McCarthy.Finally, Lowell lived through the fallout of the 60s, particularly regarding the family life that had been one of his best subjects since the hallmark volume LIFE STUDIES At the same time, he wrote elegies for nearly every one of his many friends and students who died in the cases of Jarrell, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath, by suicide during his own last years When we read a line like H istory has to live with what was here, we re in the presence of a heavily felt responsibility, an imperative not merely to exist but to live in the history of our own time even if, like Lowell, we re constantly clutching and close to fumbling all we had originally published in the NASHVILLE SCENE

  4. says:

    It s probably a good thing to have this on my shelves for reference, since Lowell has such a strong reputation, but as a reader I would prefer to have a much smaller selection, with adequate footnotes, produced by a good judge Even one poem, if it was presented in terms I could appreciate, would be preferable to this monolith, but I could not suggest which one would serve As it stands, the sheer hard labour of working through this huge collection has left few impressions that stand out or make It s probably a good thing to have this on my shelves for reference, since Lowell has such a strong reputation, but as a reader I would prefer to have a much smaller selection, with adequate footnotes, produced by a good judge Even one poem, if it was presented in terms I could appreciate, would be preferable to this monolith, but I could not suggest which one would serve As it stands, the sheer hard labour of working through this huge collection has left few impressions that stand out or make me keen to return just a grey and rocky mountain that I have climbed and can now tick off the list Maybe a few years down the road I will come across him in afavourable context and be glad to have this reference book in my collection Maybe

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    Goodness gracious I ve been working through this gargantuan tome for several years and I ve finally finished it.What to say about LowellI was so intimidated and excited to start reading him that I made sure to get a hardcover version of this book over at The Strand because I knew that I d be taking extensive notes and that it would become holy to me.I m happy to say that I DID takes notes so many on some pages that I can barely make out the poem and it did become holy in the way that great Goodness gracious I ve been working through this gargantuan tome for several years and I ve finally finished it.What to say about LowellI was so intimidated and excited to start reading him that I made sure to get a hardcover version of this book over at The Strand because I knew that I d be taking extensive notes and that it would become holy to me.I m happy to say that I DID takes notes so many on some pages that I can barely make out the poem and it did become holy in the way that great works which you love so much they re hard to look at straight on become.Lowell is a genius I don t use that word frivolously The poems in Lord Weary s Castle are so formally and acoustically PERFECT that it s daunting to even consider that those poems aren t his most famous But they re difficult to LOVE in the sense that they re SO cold and PERFECT and MADE and, as is characteristic of his early work, quite abstract I mean the latter in the sense that the poems are not yet fully lyrical or what later became known as confessional though Lowell despised that term So of course, poems like Skunk Hour and Beyond the Alps are just breathtaking But Waking Early Sunday Morning from Near The Ocean might just be the most perfect poem I ve read Its content is so majestically married to its form and sound that my first reaction upon finishing it was honestly to ask myself why I even bother to write at all I m still working through that No one is going to say something about the desperate sublimity of the modern condition BETTER than that It s done I suppose the best any artist can do is try again and again to get at that truth using the marble Lowell cut away to sculpt his masterpiece Many have quite logically compared this poem to Wallace Stevens s Sunday Morning I would also pair it with Wilbur s Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World as well As far as its comparison to Stevens goes, I prefer Lowell s poem both in terms of its outlook and its poetry Stevens ends up in aoptimistic place than Lowell surprise surprise and I think that to be fair, if one had to take two poems with one to a desert island, taking those two to debate with each other would be a lifetime s joy Stevens s poem is also beautiful, but I can t ever seem to fully chip away at the Euro aristocratic gait of his verse There s just something stuffy about him But there s no need to insult Stevens to elevate Lowell here Both poems are tremendous and I d sacrifice a pretty essential organ to have written either.As for the rest of this giant book, I don t know that Lowell ever matches the titanic brilliance of his early work again but, of course, there are many dozen gems along the way and his excellent poems are another poet s lifetime achievements In any case, if you re interested in getting into Lowell, I think this is a good place to begin and end Though I understand that most people jump in by reading Life Studies and For The Union Dead, I think Life Studies is far better appreciated if one s read Lord Weary s Castle for which he won the Pulitzer by the way first

  6. says:

    As to the edition at hand Bidart and Gewanter have assembled a definitive Lowell text, encompassing all the major works, quite a couple of less significant contributions, as well as a wide array of alternative versions The notes are especially extensive as to textual variants The reader gets quite as much Lowell as he could ever want, if not .Lowell s poetry needs no new criticism by yours truly It ranges from formalism in rhyme and meter to freer verse, including three books of 14 line As to the edition at hand Bidart and Gewanter have assembled a definitive Lowell text, encompassing all the major works, quite a couple of less significant contributions, as well as a wide array of alternative versions The notes are especially extensive as to textual variants The reader gets quite as much Lowell as he could ever want, if not .Lowell s poetry needs no new criticism by yours truly It ranges from formalism in rhyme and meter to freer verse, including three books of 14 line sonnetesques Lowell s quality, in my humble opinion, varies likewise many poems are complex and expressive, but much of his middle and later output tends to be verbose and rather vapid, such as the borderline untackleable History volume I am by no means an expert and confess to reding poetry almost entirely for enjoyment, but quite some of Lowell s sonnets seem to have been produced for mass and coverage rather than meaningful artistic expression But that is merely my personal assessment

  7. says:

    The book is a comprehensive collection of Lowell s work Forever the tinker, one of the most interesting aspects of Lowell s work is that he constantly revised The collection contains not just the poems from his published collections, but also earlier versions published in literary journals The book is fascinating in discovering Lowell s process and how his poetry developed over time.

  8. says:

    I can remember reading Lowell for the first time in a poetry class and the last stanza of For the Union Dead felt almost taunting in its apparent ease and mastery of language After reading his collected poems, I do find it funny that the first I read of him was his free verse.I definitely have no regrets whatsoever for delving into this book, even if it did take months to get through it When Lowell is working for me, he hits the spot like very few poets I ve read The unfortunate thing is I can remember reading Lowell for the first time in a poetry class and the last stanza of For the Union Dead felt almost taunting in its apparent ease and mastery of language After reading his collected poems, I do find it funny that the first I read of him was his free verse.I definitely have no regrets whatsoever for delving into this book, even if it did take months to get through it When Lowell is working for me, he hits the spot like very few poets I ve read The unfortunate thing is that there were moments some quite extended where he wasn t working for me I don t think that s a poor reflection of the poetry, but rather of myself If I wanted to, I could reel off a long list of obstacles between me and the poetry like the fact I m British, not American but they all come down to the fact that there is muchin life that I need to learn and experience I exist in a different context to Lowell, but that context is not totally cut off from me Each time a line resonates with me or an image sticks in my mind, this disconnection is broken down a little bit .So I would definitely recommend this definitive collection of Lowell s poetry The introduction and appendices are helpful and insightful This is definitely something I ll be coming back to and I hope to grow with it

  9. says:

    Outstanding insight into a complicated mind.

  10. says:

    I m not that impress with the poems that he collect.

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